Professional facials can be expensive, but the reality is that if you have exceptional skincare products (great ingredients, packaging, etc), then you can literally give yourself a proper at-home facial every 1-2 weeks.
I’m going to guide you through what a typical at-home facial looks like for me. Of course certain products will be tailored to suit your skin type and/or skin concern, but for the most part, these are generally products that can work for anyone!
Step 1 – CLEANSER
This is my favourite part of any skincare routine because all of the dirt, oil, and makeup from the day are finally being washed away! Cleansing every single day is important but it is especially important at night because your skin goes though accelerated cell regeneration & skin repair. This step is essentially preparing your skin for all the goodness and love it will be receiving next.
My favourite cleanser, out of gels, creams, oils, balms, etc. is the Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Cleanser, which is a cream-based cleanser – an excellent option for dry skin (and it WILL take off your makeup). If you prefer a gel cleanser, Riversol’s Refreshing Gel Cleanser is also a very good option!
PRO TIP – gently massage your face while cleansing your skin to increase circulation and relieve inflammation.
Step 2 – EXFOLIANT
Both chemical and physical exfoliants play a huge role in removing dead skin cells during cell turnover. Although I’m a big advocate for daily chemical exfoliation, for at-home facials I love to use The UnScrub for several reasons – it is super gentle, comprised of jojoba beads (environmentally friendly), and the beads literally dissolve as you are scrubbing away. I have tried many scrubs and this is by far the best scrub I have ever used.
There is also a chemical exfoliant that I would recommend for at-home facials; T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial is a blend of both BHA’s & AHA’s and instantly sloughs off dead skin cells. However, this is a pretty strong formula so definately do a test-patch before applying the product all over your face if you choose to go this route.
PRO TIP – Remember not to over-exfoliate, because your skin is delicate and you don’t want to create micro-tears.
PS – I talk all about chemical & physical exfoliation in this post.
Step 3 – TONER
The third step to my at-home facial regime is to go in with a hydrating toner like this Replenishing Toner by Paula’s Choice. I absolutely love using toners that have beneficial elements such as ceramides, antioxidants, and cell-repairing/communicating ingredients. I find that adding this step makes a huge difference in my skin’s health as it is a nice boost of hydration and adds additional nutrients for your skin, as mentioned.
PRO TIP – Skip the cotton pad; Instead, apply the toner directly onto your skin and pat it in until fully absorbed.
Step 4 – TREATMENT
There are a variety of treatment products to include in your at-home facial depending on skin concern, and you can always change it up.
– If you are looking to brighten and firm, a product like C E Ferulic, with the main component being vitamin C, would be an excellent option for you.
– If you have more dry/dehydrated skin, then a product containing hyaluronic acid like Skinmedia HA5 is a good choice.
– Retinol, which is a form of vitamin A, is a very popular anti-aging product because it helps with diminishing fine lines, builds collagen, and is also a great option if your skin concern is acne as it acts to unclog pores. SkinMedica’s Retinol Complex 0.25 is a great option to try out as it is a low concentration and perfect for beginners.
– Niacinimide (vitamin B3) is a great option for those wanting a more even skin tone/texture and are looking to diminish the size of pores.
– If you are looking to repair your skin’s barrier, Alumier’s Calm-R serum is a worthy option as it is hydrating, super lightweight, and helps relieve sensitive and redness-prone skin.
PRO Tip – You can always combine multiple treatments for optimum results.
Step 5 – MOISTURIZER
Choosing the right moisturizer can be a bit tricky but once you have found the perfect one, it is smooth sailing from there. When considering a moisturizer, always pay attention to packaging and ingredients – avoid jar packaging, colour, certain alcohols, and fragrance (even essential oils)! This rule essentially applies to all skincare products.
If you have oily skin, go for a lighter gel-based moisturizer. If you have acne-prone skin, choose a moisturizer containing salicylic acid (BHA). I am personally more on the dehydrated side and I have absolutely been loving the Omega+ Complex Moisturizer by Paula’s Choice. It has a whipped texture and is packed with superfood omega fatty acids.
PRO TIP – You can mix your moisturizer with a potent booster such as this Peptide Booster by Paula’s Choice. Your skin will get the added benefits of amino acids, antioxidants, and repairing ingredients.